TAG : Halong Bay

  • 1st boutique Heritage Cruises in Halong Bay

    1st boutique Heritage Cruises in Halong Bay

    Heritage Cruises of Heritage Dragon and Heritage Phoenix had the keel-laying ceremony of Heritage Cruises on 19 October at Vietnam's Nam Phat shipyard in Quang Ninh Province.

    Heritage Cruises derives inspiration for its boutique concept and design from the heritage ships of the patriotic entrepreneur Bach Thai Buoi, who transformed transportation on the waterways of Tonkin in the north of Vietnam in the early 20th century. The vessels feature 20 cabins spread over three decks, two restaurants, indoor and outdoor lounges, gym, game room, gallery, bars, spa, and the first on-board swimming pool in the Halong Bay region. The first two cruise ships have been named after the Phi Long and Phi Phuong, the very first cruise ships among 30 owned by Bach Thai Buoi, who was referred to as the King of Ocean and River Cruises in Vietnam in the bygone century.

  • Fees double at Halong Bay cruise terminal

    Fees double at Halong Bay cruise terminal

    The Tuan Chau Corporation, which manages the only tourist wharf for trips out to Halong Bay and nearby Bai Tu Long Bay, Tuan Chau Wharf, has announced it will double entry fees for visitors to VND40,000 ($1.75). The entry fee includes free water and wi-fi at the wharf, which can handle about 2,000 boats, or ten times more than the old one, and can berth large vessels. Halong Bay, a UNESCO world heritage site, and Bai Tu Long, to its northeast, are popular destinations in northern Vietnam and the main attractions in Quang Ninh province, welcoming 8.3 million tourists last year, 42% of them foreigners.

  • Quang Ninh airport to open by 2017

    The Quang Ninh International Airport will open and welcome its first flight by the end of 2017, authorities in the northern province said. The airport will be built on Van Don Island, some 50 km from Halong Bay on an area of some 290 ha, with one runway, one terminal, and an apron for four medium to large-sized aircraft. It can welcome up to 2 million passengers a year once in operation and is expected to be expanded after 2020 to welcome up to 5 million passengers a year. The Halong - Van Don Road has received site clearance approval and will link with the Halong - Haiphong Highway by the beginning of 2018. The province has also invested in the construction of a connecting road from the centre of Van Don to the airport.

  • Prices of Halong Bay tours must be listed

    Prices of Halong Bay tours must be listed

    Quang Ninh provincial authorities in Halong City have requested providers of tours to Halong Bay list their service prices in Vietnamese, English and Chinese and that tours be sold in line with these listed prices. Any service provider that does not list their prices as regulated or cooperates with travel agencies or tour guides to overcharge customers will be suspended for at least three months. The move aims to provide foreign visitors with better service quality and to present a good image of the city.



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  • 23 caves discovered in Halong and Bai Tu Long

    Twenty-three new caves have been discovered in Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bays in the northern province of Quang Ninh, in a study jointly carried out by Halong Bay’s management board and the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources. The new caves will add more data and tourism resources to help the management board preserve and promote the values of Halong Bay, a world natural heritage site. Of these, 18 were said to be of significant value in terms of both science and visual aesthetics. Further research into the caves will be conducted before they are classified for conservation or tourism purposes.

    Halong Bay, which spans 1,553 square kilometres and houses nearly 2,000 islands of various sizes, has twice been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in 1994 and 2000. Together with neighbouring Bai Tu Long Bay they form a tourism complex with thousands of islands, considered among the most valuable biological and geographical assets of the country and the world.

  • Natural beauty

    Natural beauty

    The Royal Lotus Hotel Halong is an international-standard four-star hotel managed by H&K Hospitality, a professional hotel and resort management company.



    Authorities in Quang Ninh province, home of the World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, are considering banning dining in caves in the bay after facing opposition from local people who fear that excessive tourism will ruin the environment. Some travel companies arrange parties in the caves of Trong, Tien and Soi Kim, which are widely advertised on the internet, especially on Foody.vn. Groups of over ten people can party in the caves for VND3 million ($136) per person and from VND4 million to VND5 million ($200-250) per person in smaller groups. The province will initially tighten management of such activities in the caves and on the bay and violations will be punished.

  • New tourist harbour for Halong Bay

    The Vietnam Maritime Administration has officially announced the opening of the Tuan Chau International Tourist Harbour, receiving passengers and cruise ships arriving in Halong Bay in northern Quang Ninh province. Under the management of the Au Lac Quang Ninh Co., the international-standard tourist port is located in the southeast of the Tuan Chau Island tourism complex in Halong city, consisting of two piers - Pier 1, with a length of 1,443 metres, and Pier 2, at 4,411 metres. The harbour is capable of berthing vessels with a length up to 70 metres. The company has been urged to exempt fees to attract vessels. Quang Ninh authorities have also decided to close Bai Chay Tourist Wharf.

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